England Engulfed In Flu Epidemic
Kevin Felts 01.08.18
As of Monday, January 8, 2017, there are only two locations in England who have not reported cases of the flu – Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London. In just one week flu cases skyrocketed 48%.
In September of 2017, it was reported Australia was experiencing a worse than normal flu season. The reason for the worse than normal flu season was this years vaccine was a poor match for the type of flu being transmitted.
As the flu was ravaging Australia, health officials were concerned the flu would spread to Europe, and to the United States. Now it appears England is engulfed in a flu epidemic, and cases in the United States are on the upswing.
Data from Public Health England (PHE) showed that cases shot up by 48 per cent in just seven days.
Doctors have described corridors overflowing with patients and ambulances being forced to queue outside A&E as the winter flu season begins to take hold.
The lethal virus claimed its first victims in Ireland as medics fear it is about to sweep the UK.
The HSE has revealed a number of people have died from the flu as cases of the strong ‘Aussie’ strain doubled in just one week.
Flu season usually peaks around February. So we still have at least a month before things start to level off.
The Centers for Disease Control still recommends get a flu shot.
From the CDC, Preventive Steps:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Question to the readers, is anyone you know sick with the flu? I would like to hear from healthcare providers as to how many flu cases are being seen.